Warm my heart……tutorial

Last year we ran with this idea to hand out for Valentine’s day and it was a HUGE hit! Not sure it will ever be topped!

BUT I did come up with a non-sweet and functional gift as an alternative this year. Maybe it will “warm your heart” enough to give it try. I think it’s a great alternative for friends, neighbors, teachers, etc.

Warm My Heart
(It’s basically THESE but smaller and heart shaped)

Sewing Machine
Scissors/Pinking Shears
Rice (not instant)
Straight pins
Type up Poem or create your own!
Step 1: Create a paper template if desired. I cut out a heart that was 4 1/2″ high and 5″ across at it’s widest. Fold the fabric, place your pattern on, pin and cut out 2 at a time using pinking shears (1st photo). OR place the pattern over the fold, pin and cut (2nd photo). Cut 1 heart for the back and 1 for the front.

Place the heart’s with right sides facing out (wrong sides together). Cut a 1″ piece of ribbon, fold in half and slip between the 2 layers. Pin.
Sew around the edges leaving a 2-4″ opening along 1 of the straight sides.
Fill with rice about 1/2 – 3/4 of the way full. (see 2nd photo)

Sew the opening closed. Attach the poem by threading it through the ribbon loop and gift to someone you love!


  1. I LOVE this idea! I think it’s super cute, simple, and think of all the fabric left-overs I could use. I don’t think I have any rice here…hmmm…..off to the store!

    Thanks Megan!

    I’m gonna share this on my FB page today! Hope that’s okay!

  2. Wow last year’s look like the coolest thing…well…EVER!

    But I have to say I really love this year’s too! How cute and useful!

  3. This is so cute it ALMOST makes me wish we lived somewhere cold, so it would be appropriate. Almost. 😉


  4. Megan, these are GREAT! Love the poem too! What a fun way to present a non-sugar treat! Wonder if I could whip out enough of these for three classrooms….hhmmm…maybe just the teachers! LOL
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [03 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  6. What a great idea!! I really loved those candy treats!! Genius!

  7. Holy cow! Both of these are really such outstandingly awesome ideas!

    Now I only need rice and lollipops!

    Yay! 🙂

    Thanks so much for the ideas/instructions!

  8. what a fantastic idea,
    Luv it…
    Don’t forget to link it in our linking party this week.


  9. These are so cute! And I love the ones from last year too!

  10. cool. how long does the rice stay warm? Can you slip these in your gloves when you go outside?

  11. I usually use wheat but people seem to have a hard time finding it but rice works too. Just not sure about the length it stays warm.

    If you made them small enough and it wasn’t too hot you certainly slip them into gloves. Or have it ready when they did come in. my kids finger tips are always frozen even with their gloves 😉

  12. love the little rice hearts. already stole your idea from last year and cannot wait to send them out. i love giving small random “thinking of you” gifts, and the hearts will be perfect for that. thanks SO much for all your creativity. 🙂

  13. you have The Custest Ideas Ever! I’m totally doing this one too. <3

  14. Love this idea! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch’s “Sew Cute Tuesday”!

  15. We are hosting a Valentine linkup party over at Sassy Sites! I would love to have you stop by and link up this Valentine post (and ANY other valentine post you have!) xoxo!!

    <3 Marni

  16. featuring u tomo at a crafty soiree
    xoxo malia

  17. Hop on over to the Party! Would love for you to link-up @


    The Treasurista
    Finding and Creating FUN things…

  18. I made this for the winner of our book club trivia question. 🙂 Thanks for the idea, I’ve always made squares and rectangles.

  19. Such a cute idea!

  20. I appreciate you posting such detailed instructions and visuals..that’s how I learn, visually. It’s the perfect little gift. I posted on my blog with your link. I am new to blogging so I am still learning.
    and fyi, love the sassy haircut in your picture.

  21. This is such a lovely idea, perfect for the chilly days we’re having right now! Thanks for linking up to my Valentine Link Party!

  22. I love this. xoxoxo I found you on Pinterest. Your site & work is so beautiful but I think it reflects the person who tends to it. ♥

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